There will be an opening tonight, Thursday, March 28 from 6 to 8pm for an exhibition of work by our 2012 residency artists at Monster Truck Gallery in Dublin. The show will run until May 4, and travel to the Wexford Arts Centre on September 7.
Colin Matthes, Lois Patino, Marc Horowitz and Susie Tarnowicz were participants in the 2012 Artist Residency program at Cow House Studios. Their work represents a range of perspectives, mediums and working methods. This exhibition explores the disjunction between their observations and representations of environment, and how this separation alters perceptions of our landscape, private and public space, customs, traditions and habits.
We just recently posted a gallery of artwork made by our students during Art on the Farm this past summer. In their three weeks on the farm students have the opportunity to explore drawing, painting and photography, focusing on their own interests, informed by their time in Ireland. Everyone produced some very strong work, and as you’ll see, represent a variety of media, styles, interests and approaches. Painting above by Romy Stein.
View the gallery here...
Saturday, 6th October at 4pm - Co Director Frank Abruzzese will host a talk with the exhibiting artists on the works in-situ at Wexford Arts Centre and their practices.
Friday, 12th October - Opening reception at Monster Truck Gallery and Studios. Work will be on view from Saturday, 13th October to Saturday, 3rd November.
Opening reception April 26th, 6-8pm
Live Load, a solo exhibition of work by Frank AbruzzeseLive Load is the variable weight burdened by a structure, such as moving traffic on a bridge, furniture and people in a high-rise office building, or the weight of a person sitting on a chair.
A farmer with an intimate knowledge of his land will tell you that if you are planning to build a house in a particular field it is best to observe the behaviour of animals on that site, they instinctively know where the best spots are. Throughout history, people have engaged with and observed the land, the sea and the stars for understanding, meaning and survival. As populations move to cities this firsthand engagement has largely been replaced by a pre-mapped understanding. Inherited traditions and intuition have been replaced by an analytical model grounded in empirical methodologies.
In Live Load, Wexford based artist Frank Abruzzese investigates this shifting engagement and behaviour that one has with landscape through his experimental and process driven working method. Taking influence from the pioneering photographic work of Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii – Abruzzese’s photographs are captured in three isolated colour channels and then recombined to reveal full colour images. The evidence of the live load is captured in successive impressions of cyan, magenta and yellow, exposing the fluctuating elements of a place and its variable occupants. These photographs capture a sequence of movement and cycles of time simultaneously.
This exhibition is a component of an inter-studio exchange programme between Cow House Studios, Wexford and Ormond Studios, Dublin.
Exhibition continues April 27 through May 3rd, opening 12pm-5pm daily.
Image above Cattle at Rest, Co Wexford, 2011. You may view the work from the exhibition here.
Two of our former students Jordana Gluckow and Allegra Sussman have been recognized by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts for their outstanding photography. The photograph above is from Jordana’s series exploring the people and places in our local community.
The NFAA YoungArts program is the signature national organization that recognizes and supports America’s most talented 17-18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts. This year’s 174 YoungArts Honorable Mention Winners were selected in a blind adjudication process from a pool of more than 5,000 applicants, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all US territories.
You can see the full list of winners here.
Sunday 20th November, 2pm - 6pmPlease join us this Sunday in viewing recent work by our 2011 residency artists; Antony Clarkson (UK), Sabina Mac Mahon (Ireland), Shiro Masuyama (Japan) and Hilary Wilder (USA).
During their ten week stay, these artists were given the time and space to concentrate on making a new body of work. Cow House Open Studios offers the community a chance to see our facilities, meet the artists, and view the work they have been creating. Please visit anytime between 2pm and 6pm. All are welcome.
3pm - 4:30pm: Artist Talk
4:30pm - 5:30pm: Tea, brown bread and soup.
We just recently posted a gallery of artwork made by our students during Art on the Farm this past summer. In their three weeks on the farm students have the opportunity to explore drawing, painting and photography, focusing on their own interests, informed by their time in Ireland. Everyone produced some very strong work, and as you’ll see, represent a variety of media, styles, interests and approaches.
View the gallery here...
Tomorrow, Friday October 14 Monster Truck Gallery opens "The Drover turns the Cattle" a group show featuring our 2010 residency artists Marisol Malatesta, Gail Cunningham, Laurie Lax and Matthew Denniss. The show will run until October 29th.
"In the fall of 2010 four artists with disparate practices, different approaches, different tools, different materials and from different geographies. were brought together with the purpose of creating a new body of work at Cow House Studios in Wexford, Ireland. The rural location of the Cow House, the ideas shared communally and its informative influence form the content of the exhibition. Formal connections with their practices were replaced, or exchanged, with what the cattle farm had to offer- its landscape, the mountain, its noises, the tractor, the air, the weather, and the intimate community that was created. A year later, the artists have been turned-moved from one field to another, from Cow House to Monster Truck taking their work, their newly found connected experiences and knowledge, and presenting them in a new landscape."
View our online gallery here...
Read more about Monster Truck here...
Opening Thursday, June 9
Above left Tunnel Spider Side Chair by Gail Cunningham, above right Phoautograph (detail) by Matthew Denniss.
Wexford Arts Centre, in collaboration with Cow House Studios will host a two-person exhibition of recent work by 2010 artists-in-residence, Matthew Denniss and Gail Cunningham. In developing their work at Cow House Studios, Denniss and Cunningham examine the various aspects in which energy resides. With Cunningham's work, her highly controlled, precision-cut paper images reveal a hidden energy of powerful proportions, conveying an anxiety as spiders crawl and scramble frantically from deep within the confines of the domestic ritual. Denniss, on the other hand, is more concerned with the physical elements of energy and his association with the primitive means of harbouring and utilising it. In doing so, he is attempting to explore and reveal the true motives and philosophies of the original inventors, responsible for such machines like the phonautograph and the wind turbine.
Gail Cunningham studied at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia and graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, Oregon in 2003. Her work has featured in numerous group shows including Side By Side, High Wire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Pretty, Pretty, Bambi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; and OFF DUTY, MGA Partners, Philadelphia, PA. Gail lives and works in her native Philadelphia.
Matthew Denniss graduated from Goldsmiths College, London with a BA in Fine Art in 2006. Denniss was Artist in Residence at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009, and has exhibited in Newcastle, Glasgow, London, Norway and the Czech Republic. He currently lives and works in Manchester.
We have just added a gallery of images created by our residency artists in the autumn of 2010. You may view the images here. Pictured from left to right Drainage by Gail Cunningham, Phonautograph by Matthew Denniss, The Others were Cowed into Apathy by Marisol Malatesta and Hen House by Laurie Lax.
During the unseasonal heavy snowfall last week, we were treated to a night-time outdoor video screening by resident artist Laurie Lax. Laurie has relished the past few days of snow, and spent an afternoon covering the wall of the “hen house” with snow to create a surface on which to project. As we sipped hot toddies, and watched the dogs become shadow puppets, it was captivating to watch her recent video sketches transform the farmyard.
See more photos on Laurie’s website.
On November 17th we visited James Turrell’s Irish Sky Garden at Liss Ard Estate in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. Best know for his long running project, Roden Crater in Arizona, the relatively undiscovered mini cater in Cork is typical of Turrell’s work; being with concerned with space and light. The Irish Sky Garden is an oval shaped, grass lined crater, entered through a long dark megalithic-like passage. The space has been constructed to view the sky while lying on large stones placed in the centre of the crater. The crater’s edge, hovering in your peripheral vision, perfectly frames the infinite and endlessly changing sky.
“The most important thing is that inside turns into outside and the other way around, in the sense that relationships between the Irish landscape and sky changes.” - James Turrell
We are happy to announce that for the 2011 residency Cow House Studios will partner with both Wexford Arts Centre and Monster Truck Gallery & Studios to offer two excellent exhibition opportunities following the ten week programme. The exhibitions will take place the following Autumn in both Wexford and Dublin, and will include all four resident artists.
This partnership represents a wonderful opportunity for participating artists to exhibit their work in the heart of Dublin’s vibrant Temple Bar, and in one of Ireland’s oldest art centres in Wexford Town.
You can read more about our residency and application process here.
Saturday, 14 November 2009, 11am - 5pmCow House Studios invite you to meet this years Artists in Residence; Julie Lequin (Canada), Aoife Collins (London) and Billy Rueck (USA).
During their ten week stay, these artists are given the time and space to concentrate on making a new body of work. Cow House Open Studios offers the community a chance to see our facilities, meet the artists, and view the work they have been creating. Please visit anytime between 11am and 5pm, or for the scheduled events listed below.
All are welcome.
Above: Hanged-man orchid/Aceras anthropophora, artificial orchid taken apart thread by thread and reassembled, mixed media, 88 cm x 42 cm by Aoife Collins
Schedule of Events11am - 1pm: Hat & masking making workshop for children.
This workshop is free. Please book your spot as there are limited spaces. Contact: Rosie O’Gorman (086) 2109027
3pm - 4pm: Artist Talk
Residency artists will discuss their work, addressing their materials and ideas, and take questions from visitors.
4pm - 5pm: Tea & Cakes
Wexford Arts Centre, in partnership with Cow House Studios host an annual international residency and exhibition programme. This collaboration consists of a ten week residency for an international visual artist at Cow House Studios, and exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre. This programme provides a significant opportunity for international artists to live, work and exhibit in Ireland, and simultaneously exposes Irish audiences to progressive contemporary art from around the world. This year Haden Nicholl and Peter Allen Hoffmann exhibited work in their show titled The Origin of the World from January 12 - February 7, 2009, titled after Gustav Courbet's painting from 1866. Please view the exhibition here.
Sunday, 2 November 2008, 12pm - 7pmCow House Studios invite you to meet our Artists in Residence.
The Cow House Studios Artist in Residence Programme provides studio space and accommodation to professional visual artists. During their two month stay, four artists are given the time and space to concentrate on making a new body of work. Cow House Open Studios offers the community a chance to see our new facilities, meet the artists, and view the work they have been creating. Please visit anytime between 12pm and 7pm, or for the scheduled events listed below. Everybody is welcome.
Artists in Residence, 2008...Aoife Cassidy, Galway: Cow House Studios Residency Award, Tulca, Galway, 2007
Maria Hinds, Dublin & New Orleans
Peter Allen Hoffmann, New York
Haden Nicholl, San Francisco
Peter Allen Hoffmann and Haden Nicholl will exhibit work made during their residency at the Wexford Arts Centre in January 2009.
Schedule of Events12pm - 2pm: Puppet Making workshop for children.
This workshop is free. Please book your spot as there are limited spaces.
4pm - 6pm: Artist Talk
Residency artists will discuss their work, addressing their materials and ideas, and questions from the viewers.
6pm: Tea and cakes.
Contact Rosie O'Gorman for further details (086) 2109027
Wexford Arts Centre, in partnership with Cow House Studios have initiated an annual international residency and exhibition programme. This collaboration consists of a ten week residency for an international visual artist at Cow House Studios, which will facilitate an exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre. This programme provides a significant opportunity for international artists to live, work and exhibit in Ireland, and simultaneously exposes Irish audiences to progressive contemporary art from around the world.
The artists awarded the 2008 residency are Peter Allen Hoffmann and Haden Nicholl.
Peter Allen Hoffmann lives and works in New York. He completed his MFA from Hunter College, New York. To date, Hoffman has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Berlin. Hoffmann is represented by Freight + Volume Gallery, New York and Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago.
“These new works represent an ongoing dialogue with aspects of the art historical canon. Disparate as they appear, these paintings function as a collection, where the relationships between them create a forum for the continuation of the conversation.”
Haden Nicholl originally from Colorado, currently lives in San Francisco where he works with troubled teens. He received his MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, California, and his BA in Psychology and BFA from the University of Denver, Colorado. Nicholl has exhibited extensively in California and abroad, including London, Puerto Rico and Ecuador, and his work is represented by the Little Tree Gallery in San Francisco.
“The bulk of my practice involves using symbols and text to provoke introspective reactions in the viewer. Working in a different country and preparing for a show there, has challenged me to develop my understanding of the culture so that I can interact with the audience on a more intimate level.”
Furthermore, Cow House Studios award two additional residencies annually. Applications are open to both national and international visual artists working in any medium. Cow House Studios provide shared accommodation and twenty four hour access to the studio and facilities. The 2400 square-foot open plan space contains a wood shop, darkroom and computer lab. Individual spaces measure 18 square meters, each with abundant natural light.
The 2009 Artist in Residence Programme runs from September 14 until December 1.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 January, 2009.
Cow House Studios recently took part in the Tulca festival for the arts in Galway. As part of Tulca's Residency Awards, Aoife Cassidy was announced recipient of the residency at Cow House Studios for her piece "Rollie, Pollie Head". Originally from Kildare, Aoife is set to graduate this coming year from the Burren College of Art with her MFA. Her residency will begin in Autumn 2008